I've read this text two other times. The audio added that much more intensity to this incredible narrative. I recommend it!
After years of being unable to hear or share the tragedy of the Holocaust as my family's ancestors were murdered too, my daughter's middle school curriculum has this book as required reading. As parents we were urged to read Night with our child. I chose to listen to it carefully. I am thankful for my friend Anita Shorr who's still alive today, a Holocaust survivor and who was at Aushwitz herself when Ellie Wiesel was there, she helped me come to terms with the incredibly painful stories I heard as a child about the depth of evil. This book is excellent. I must admit I read Anita's first and I heard my friend speak her horrific story before I could listen Wiesel's Night. G-d bless them both.
Many, many better reviewers than I have written eloquently on why you MUST read/listen to this book. My comments, then, have to do with the narrator.
Why oh why do so many fawn over George Guidall? He sounds EXACTLY the same in each book he narrates - pacing, emphasis, tone, and even spitting. Yes, spitting. I wouldn't want to be within a few feet of him as he speaks, as he always sounds as if there is saliva at the front of his tongue & mouth. Instead of swallowing, he allows us to hear the little breaks he uses to swish more saliva to the front, so he can go on spitting out the words. Gag.
I also think his narration style is boring. Just boring. The first time I ever listened to a book read by him, the slow, soporific, and lugubrious tone actually fit the story. Then I heard him read a book that was funny, or should have been; his reading sounded the same as when he read the first book, with no chance for real humor peeking through. I'm not saying he has to sound jolly, but geez! Others can let you hear humor without sounding excessively mirthful. His readings always seem almost funereal.
Many years have passed since then, and I'm still disappointed whenever a book I wish to listen to is narrated by ol' GG. Most of the time - like with this book - I can get past it (& it IS appropriate for the theme of this book), but that wet mouth with all the extraneous spitting sounds have me swallowing excessively, as if to help him along, throughout the reading.
I know all the GG fans out there will mark me down as "unhelpful", but I'm hoping Mr. Guidall reads this & all the many other very similar reviews of him, gets over his bad self, & starts swallowing as well as learning other techniques for bringing life to an audiobook.
I am a salesperson on the road everyday, mother of 2 grown children. Happily married
This book moved me, it was very well written but no puff just sadness. I did enjoy would recommend for anyone
This book should be required reading in all high schools to awaken our sleeping youth. The message is deeply disturbing, yet also a very important one. The last chapters after the book itself is finished are so full of wisdom, faith, introspection--I can't put into words. Today's youth, instead of reading Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, need to read the true story of this courageous Jewish boy. Awesome story!!!!!!
I find this book amazing especially hearing from actual survivor of Holocaust. While he tells his story he makes certain points that makes you think about human behavior and all the evil that human heart is capable of conspire and carry out it's evil actions.
though absolutely important that stories as such are shared and understood. you learn a lot from it, about society, humans and yourself. there's a dark and weak side in each of us.
The oral narrative brings a different experience to this special title. I've never read the text, yet, but I'm sure that listen to someone interpreting it, not just reading it, provides more than reading it by myself.